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American Institute for Cancer Research

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Cancer Research, Food, Health, Nutrition

Mission: The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) is one of the nation's largest cancer charity, focusing exclusively on the link between diet and cancer. The Institute provides a wide range of consumer education programs that help millions of Americans learn to make dietary changes for lower cancer risk. AICR also supports innovative research in cancer prevention and treatment at universities, hospitals and research centers across the U.S. The Institute has provided millions of dollars in funding for research in diet, nutrition and cancer.

Programs: AICR's operating programs focus on research grant funding and public education. The Institute has channeled millions of dollars into investigations of the diet-cancer link. These dollars have fostered research at leading universities, hospitals and research centers throughout the U.S. and around the world. With the nation's most extensive program of publications on diet, nutrition and cancer prevention, AICR has distributed millions of AICR educational booklets and pamphlets to the public, and hundreds of thousands of copies of reference works from AICR have reached health professionals. Nutrition seminars, public service announcements and other consumer-targeted programs help to further promote AICR's message that diet plays a major role in cancer risk.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

The reviews are on the money, Badly timed phone calls and dunning letters.
They knew I was a cancer patient ---HOW.
It just makes this scam more reprehensible.
Do Not Donate.

Review from CharityNavigator

39

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Like many other reviewers, I received an unsolicited volunteer packet with my name and several neighbors' names. After doing a little research on the Internet it became clear that this is scam. They spend a lot of money on fundraising and little on actual programs. They report to the IRS but the IRS is not in the business of investigating non-profits so that is essentialy meaningless and merely makes them look legitimate. Giver beware!

42

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I received a volunteer packet, and considered handing out as vitally concerned about link of diet to cancer. I looked at their 2011 Form 990 and decided to pass. This is entirely a self-perpetuating marketing scheme. Look at the revenues from sales of their reports, etc - nothing. $5 mill to marketing firm (25% of donations), $5 mil to mailing costs, obviously for volunteer kits (25% of donations). Couldn't spot any costs for research (one of their 501c purposes). Lots better places to donate. Rating scale didn't have a zero or negative, which it needs for this group.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

September 2012 article in Bloomberg & NPR found much of the donations going to a telemarketer, InfoCision. This charity will not get my money.

Review from CharityNavigator

42

Volunteer

Rating: 1

We used to collect money from our neighbors for AICR, before we knew better. AICR is very persistent in calling and mailing to make sure you send them their donations in a punctual manner. Having relatives who passed away from cancer, we wanted to help - at first. The BBB listing shows they are now an accredited charity, but they have a very low point score, meaning they keep the donations for their telemarketers and CEO. DO NOT GIVE TO THIS "Charity" AICR.